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Bishop says World Youth Day to answer life’s big questions

Bishop Joseph Oudeman

YOUNG people “looking for the essence of life” will be surprised to find an answer or two among millions of Catholics gathering in Poland next month, Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman said. Bishop Oudeman is one of 19 Australian bishops headed to the World Youth Day in Krakow, where an expected two million young Catholics will gather. It will be ... Read More »

All Townsville Catholic schools have switched to solar with Vatican officials asking for global roll-out

solar schools project

SOLAR projects powering dozens of Queensland Catholic schools have so impressed Vatican officials that they believe the projects could be duplicated across the globe offering massive power savings, as well as demonstrating the Church’s environmental commitment. All 31 schools in the Diocese of Townsville have now switched to power from solar panels as part of a pioneering environmental project, reducing annual ... Read More »

Midwifery student has dream to see more indigenous midwives

Stephanie Archibald

WHEN Stephanie Archibald had her two children, the midwives who attended the birth were so wonderful she was inspired to switch her studies to become one herself. Ms Archibald, a Bigambul woman, whose traditional country straddles the inland border between Queensland and New South Wales, changed from studying forensic science at QUT, to a three-year Bachelor of Midwifery degree at Australian ... Read More »

Australia’s first soldier to die in Vietnam has been brought home

Digger laid to rest

KEVIN Conway, the first Australian soldier to die in combat in Vietnam, has at last been brought home and given a Catholic burial. The remains of Warrant Officer Conway were among those of 35 Australian soldiers repatriated last month from various Asian burial sites. About 400 mourners joined Conway’s niece Kathy Woodford and family members Wayne, Julie and Len Strandquist to bury a favourite ... Read More »

Queensland educator and Vinnies member among Catholics honoured in Queen’s birthday list

Queen's honours

PROMINENT Catholics have been honoured in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.  They include Mike Byrne, appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to Catholic education as an administrator, to policy development and reform, and to professional standards. “It’s wonderful to see Mike Byrne’s outstanding contribution to Catholic education in Queensland recognised publicly,” Queensland Catholic ... Read More »

Military and police chaplain Deacon Graeme Ramsden calls it a day

Deacon Graeme Ramsden

DEACON Graeme Ramsden is a straight-talking man of faith who understands a life of discipline and sacrifice. Aged 70, Deacon Ramsden retired recently after distinguished careers as a soldier and a chaplain to the military and the police.  He has an easy-going manner, enjoys a joke and is a good listener – just the attributes of a chaplain who has ... Read More »

Federal Election 2016: Politicians placing tactics over policy, Archbishop Coleridge says

Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has challenged Australia’s political leaders to forge a “genuinely human economy” but warned that was not possible while politicians employed tactics rather than developed policy. The Archbishop said short-sighted political decisions were working against an economy that should have people at its core. “The economy can become an idol, as if it has a life of its ... Read More »

Palliative care helped Jim McKenna live well to the very end

Jim McKenna

JIM McKenna always wanted to fly. He put flying on his bucket list soon after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last June.  “He loved any type of machine … cars, trains and planes,” Jim’s wife Patricia said. The father of 11 children, including former Australian rugby league player Chris McKenna, jumped on two planes just weeks before his peaceful death ... Read More »

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